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UK teenager scoops World Drone Prix Final prize

World Drone Prix Final

This has the sniff of the future about it. E-sports are already establishing themselves and here comes the Drones, with the first World Drone Prix. The 2016 event has just been held in Dubai, with a prize pool totalling a huge $1 million. It certainly looks dramamtic. Check out the promotional veideo below, and then the video footage of one ...

Cambits modular camera kit gets in the picture

Makoto Odamaki and professor Shree Nayar examine Cambits 
Photo by Timothy Lee Photographers via Columbia University

Engineers at the computer vision lab of the US Columbia University have developed a five-component modular camera kit, dubbed Cambits. They were devised by computer science professor Shree Nayar, with Makoto Odamaki, a visiting scientist from Ricoh Corporation. Their five types of component are colour coded in brightly coloured 3D printed plastic cases and can be assembled (and reassembled) to create cameras equipped ...

A digital map of Mars plots the way for ExoMars

Mars map

Room has to be found on Gadget Master for this one. Okay, it’s not a gadget, or self-built, but it is “state-of-the-art cartography technology” and it tickles my fancy. A digital map of Mars from the good people at the Ordnance Survey (OS). Explore Margaritifer Terra, circumnavigate Becquerel, jump into Aram Chaos… The OS has always been the trusted mainstay ...

Most read Gadget Master posts in February

top ten

By the power of Google Analytics, let’s see what clicked on Gadget Master in the month of February. What were your peers reading most in this month? What might you have missed? The answers include sole power energy harvesting, Robot Wars, the BBC Micro:bit, home automation, an IoT dev kit, and a home alarm system… As always, let’s take it in reverse ...